When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:41-45
As members of this congregation, we will faithfully participate in its ministries by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. UMH NO. 38 adapted.
We are in the season of discerning both pastoral and lay leadership for 2017. Please see the SPRC article regarding the pastors.
In regards to lay leadership, in our service to the congregation, some of us feel as though unless we serve on an administrative committee, we are not serving the church and not therefore practicing our discipleship of Jesus Christ. Others of us feel the opposite. Administrative committee work takes too much time and gets in the way of opportunities to engage in ministry areas. Ultimately, we are all called to pray for each other in this process and to seek ways to serve, whether through administrative committee participation, active engagement with ministry areas, both, or otherwise.
United Methodist polity requires that we have certain administrative committees. It is unavoidable. Administrative committees are structured to ensure accountability by the pastors and members of the congregation and to offer systems that have stood the test of time for our connectional system. As Methodists, each committee meeting is an opportunity for holy conferencing (2 or more!).
The reality of our human condition is such that committees can be seen/perceived/ or even act as functions of power rather than vehicles of discernment. In my time at GUMC, I have not experienced anything other than all of the committees striving to be vehicles of discernment of the Holy Spirit for the common good in service to the body of Christ.
Hard decisions are made within committees. Consensus is not always possible. Emotions can run high. There may be misunderstanding within the congregation when persons disagree with decisions. But your service in ministry areas and administrative committees is centered upon your commitment to servant-hood. In service to God’s church, you are great in your service and I am grateful for who you are. May all of us answer the call to serve Jesus Christ in a manner worthy of his ransom.Grace and Peace and Yours in Christ,